DIRECTORKarpin, Michael
TITLEA Bomb in the Basement
DISTRIBUTORTura Communications Ltd.
RUNNING TIME79 minutes

This documentary narrates the development of Israel’s atomic program, detailing the relationship between Israel and France, and probes the significance of Israel as a nuclear power in the beginning of the 21st century. The film is primarily footage of one-on-one interviews between the film's director and many Israeli, French, and American policy makers – such as Shimon Peres, the mastermind of Israel’s early nuclear program. The film illuminates how a search for means of nuclear deterrence against the surrounding Arab nations pushed Israel to seek help from the French to establish a nuclear program, catalyzed by the nationalization of the Suez Canal. The roles played by Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and Deputy Defense Minister Shimon Peres are highlighted, specifically how they shaped Israel’s atomic program and navigated nuclear diplomacy with the United States. The documentary then traces the reorganization of Israel’s nuclear program following Ben Gurion’s resignation in 1970. Speculation on how Israel’s nuclear option will fit into the context of the 21st century concludes the film.

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